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Graham Potter

Industry
Engineering
Job Title
Vice President, Highway Construction Administration
Organization
G.D. Jewell Engineering
Graham Potter

Graham, what did envision your adult career to be when you were a child?

I aspired to be a scientist when I was a child. I had and still hold a desire to understand how and why the world works. From science shows, volumes of the encyclopedia to observing nature, I was always eager to learn and understand more about things. Like most children I was very interested in dinosaurs and I liked the idea of digging in a giant sandbox all day to find fossils. While growing up I found that I also like to design and build things, so I naturally progressed into the applied science of engineering.

 

What are you looking forward to completing while in the Telfer Executive MBA Program?

While in the Telfer Executive MBA program, I am most looking forward to completing the Signature Series of Six Business Consulting Projects. I am excited to be pushed outside of my comfort area into areas that I am not familiar with and learn how to better interact with clients while having the mentorship of the faculty behind me. I am also excited to apply my new skills both in my career and in my personal life.

 

Is there any not-for profit organizations or clubs which you support? What draws you to this cause?

I have recently joined the Belleville Shrine Club, which is part of an international organization of men who wear funny hats and drive small cars in parades, but also support a network of 22 children’s hospitals. Their mission statement is “Having fun and helping kids.” The Shriners really take this mission to heart and I feel very fortunate to be part of such an organization. They do indeed have a lot of fun together at their various social functions but finding ways to help children in need is an ever-present motivation. It was amazing to get to meet some of the children that they have helped while on a tour of their brand new, state of the art hospital in Montreal.

Working together as a team...extended the value far beyond academic knowledge. The synergy achieved within the team fostered the development of the fundamental principles for success in any organization.
Heidi Vincent, EMBA 1999, Owner, GreenLane Communications
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